Dear Department for Education,
Please can you provide the named person and their contact details (inc email) - who is responsible for safeguarding in all schools in the UK.
Dear Department for Education,
This is a follow up message.
ORIGINAL REQUEST: Please can you provide the named person and their contact details
(inc email) - who is responsible for safeguarding in all schools in
the UK. Sent on 13 April 2015
The response to my request has been delayed. By law, you should normally have responded promptly and by 12 May 2015 .
Dear Mr Strong
Thank you for your request for information, which was received on 13th April 2015. I am sorry for the delay responding to you.
You requested: Please can you provide the named person and their contact details (including email) - who is responsible for safeguarding in all schools in the UK.
I have dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
A copy of the information is below:
"No single person is responsible for safeguarding in all schools in the UK. As education is a devolved matter the relevant departments in the individual assemblies in NI, Scotland and Wales will work on safeguarding in partnership with relevant authorities in those countries.
With regards to England the Secretary of State for Education is responsible for setting the policy framework for safeguarding children, including in schools. Department for Education statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children 2015 and Keeping children safe in education 2015 sets out the roles and responsibilities of the local authority and schools with regards to safeguarding.
There are two distinct sets of responsibilities for the safeguarding of children:
One sits with the local authority in respect of the safeguarding of individual children. Local authorities have overarching responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people in their area.
The second is an institutional responsibility, which sits with those who have control over the conduct of individual schools. This responsibility to ensure that arrangements are made to safeguard and promote the welfare of pupils at the school will sit with the proprietor, management committee or governing body of the school."
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